Sustainable development is an integral part of our mission and vision. Beyond the realization of our infrastructure projects, our commitment extends to the management of our organization and our concern to generate a positive impact for the community.
The year 2015-2016 marked the development of our sustainable development approach so that it is more systemic and integrated. We have adopted a sustainable development policy and a strategy, based on four criteria our commitments; our implementation programs, our performance measurement capabilities; and our reporting practices, for advancement and eight themes. This allowed us to develop a first five-year action plan (2016-2021) to consider the environmental, social and economic aspects of how we conduct our business and manage our assets.
Responsible governance ans strategy
As a Crown corporation and an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada, we recognize the important responsibility we have to lead by example and live up to the high standards of good corporate governance and business ethics. This is why we are focused on ensuring responsible governance, risk management, transparent reporting practices and ethical conduct in all aspects of our business.
+ Established a multi-functional Sustainability Committee with Executive Senior Management members and managers from different departments to provide direction on the implementation of the Sustainability Plan
+ Refined our corporate mission to include our sustainability commitment
Every year, we collaborate with hundreds of suppliers on a wide range of goods and services to ensure the quality and safety of our infrastructure. It is therefore essential that we maintain strong relationships with our suppliers, who are critical to our business, and work with them to implement responsible procurement practices.
+ Maintained strong relationships with more than 400 suppliers concerning a wide range of goods and services
Moving of the Company's head office in a LEED Gold certified building located near the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
Integrity and financial stewardship
As a Crown corporation using public funding, we are required to be financially prudent and accountable for the use of funds. To fulfill our mission, we must remain vigilant in how we use the funds provided by the government and align with the government’s budgetary restraint. Integrating sustainability into our investment decisions is also an important issue to be addressed.
+ Established a monitoring process to ensure fairness in our procurement process during Calls for Tenders for professional services
Our main investments in 2015-2016 include reinforcement and major maintenance of the Champlain Bridge, maintenance of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, reinforcement of the Ice Control Structure and construction of a bicycle path, and replacement of the deck on the Honoré Mercier Bridge.
COST MANAGEMENT AND EFFICIENCY
To be vigilant with public funds, we first align with the government’s direction and guidelines for sound financial management.
To do so, when awarding construction contracts, we ensure that funds are used efficiently and that contractors comply with contract requirements by withholding a portion of the amounts payable until works are completed as well as retaining another provision until the end of the warranty period on the works.
FAIR PROCUREMENT PROCESS
In the course of our activities, we spend significantly on suppliers for the procurement of various goods, equipment and services, and especially on construction contractors.
Infrastructure and users’s safety
Ensuring a safe transit for thousands of daily users of our network is a top priority. We recognize the important responsibility we have to consider how best to use available resources to protect the assets we manage and ensure this infrastructure remains safe and secure, and fully functional both today and in the future.
+ Improved the signals, telemonitoring equipment and fire alarm systems in the Melocheville Tunnel
ONGOING MONITORING OF THE CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE STRUCTURAL SAFETY
Faced with the unique challenges of the Champlain Bridge, we implemented a structural monitoring system, which permits ongoing monitoring of some bridge components. It is a unique and comprehensive data management and performance monitoring system for bridges.
To support the system, more than 300 monitoring sensors were installed on the bridge. Monitoring stations are interconnected by a fiber optic communication network making it possible to remotely consult and download data in real time.
The health of the bridge is therefore continuously monitored and the data collected can help analyze and detect irregularities in structural behaviour. The equipment in place allowed us to verify the effectiveness of the modular trusses installed on the bridge in 2015 to take over the load from the edge girders.
Infrastructure sustainable design
A sustainable transportation infrastructure is vital to the economic prosperity of a region and is essential for enhancing the ability of communities on the territory to thrive and innovate. Sustainable infrastructure also helps develop harmonious urban communities that are integrated in their natural environment. We must therefore ensure that the major infrastructure under our management is resilient and meets the needs of the community, while having a limited impact on the environment.
+ Created the Centre for Infrastructure Innovation and launched several studies on sustainable materials and innovative techniques
+ Constructed a dedicated pathway for more sustainable travel options on the Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure
We are committed to be responsible stewards of the environment by reducing the impact of our infrastructure projects, and by doing our part to protect neighbouring ecosystems. We assume this responsibility because we recognize that the environment is important for our ongoing operations and the sustainable development of communities: preserving the natural resources and environment for future generations.
+ Finalized the design of a solution for containing and treating contaminated groundwater on the land close to the Bonaventure Expressway
The foundation of our success lies with the more than 150 employees who work for us today. Our ability to provide a reliable and safe service on the network could not be achieved without their support and dedication. Developing a human capital that reflects the needs of our organization and the communities where we operate is of great importance to us.
+ Created the JCCBI Academy for the training and professional development of our employees
+ Rolled out our first employee engagement survey and obtained a 70% response rate
As a major infrastructure manager in the Greater Montreal area, we play an important role in the economic and social well-being of Canadians. Our structures are critical for local and regional users, as well as for national and international supply chains. We therefore contribute to the socio-economic development of Canada and promote the quality of life of the communities that we connect to one another.
+ Continued to develop strong relationships with the First Nations community of Kahnawàke through our partnership with them for the work conducted on the Honoré Mercier Bridge
+ Created an Asset Development Committee composed of volunteer employees